Attorney: More than 150 victims could be tied to Dr. Larry Nassar case

Posted at 10:17 PM, Feb 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 09:44:35-05

An attorney representing one of the women in sexual abuse allegations against Dr. Larry Nassar said he believes there may be more than 150 victims tied to this case.

California attorney John Manley tells 7 Action News he has heard many horrifying stories about Dr. Nassar since the allegations went public.

"He was a very nice man. Pedophiles, we think of them as the guy in the trench coast lurking around the elementary school," Manley said. "It’s never that guy. It’s the nicest guy in the world, and so Dr. Nassar was nice, he was funny, he was charming."

Former team USA gymnast Jamie Dancer and three other victims appeared on national television Sunday night and spoke of the horrifying allegations.

"He would put his fingers inside of me, move my leg around, he would tell me I was going to feel a pop and that that would put my hips back and help my back pain," Dancer said.

Dancer said she was just 13-years-old when Nassar used such treatments on her.

USA Gymnastics released a statement to 7 Action News that said in part:

Regarding Dr. Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics is appalled that anyone would exploit a young athlete or child in the manner alleged. We are grateful to the athletes that brought their concerns about Dr. Nassar to USA Gymnastics in the summer of 2015. When we first learned of these concerns, we acted without hesitation. We hired an investigator who interviewed athletes, which led USA Gymnastics to report Dr. Nassar to the FBI. We then removed him from any further assignments. During the course of the FBI investigation, USA Gymnastics cooperated fully including facilitating interviews and adhering to the FBI’s request not to take any action that would interfere with the Bureau’s investigation.